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AUT pay conflict

Hamlet Gardens to go?

THE ASSOCIATION OF University Teachers (AUT) may urge lecturers to withold examination results or take strike action following an offer of a 4% pay increase from the


the Easter Conference . . . page 5


Taking water to the third world page 7 •FELIX

Photo Competition... page 8

T H E FLATS IN Hamlet Gardens may not be available for student accommodation next year. The landlords who own the flats want to raise the rent, which means that students may be asked to pay up to £35 for a double room, an increase of nearly 50%. If the College, who are Head Tenants of Hamlet Gardens, feel that students would be unwilling to pay more, they may give up the flats. Negotiations are in progress between the College and the landlord to fix tenacy charges for next year. The College are the Head Tenants who are responsible for collecting rent from students and paying the landlord. Head Tenancies are designed to break even and any subsidy would be out of the question, so will have to be passed on directly to the students. Charges at present are about £22-£24 for rent only, and gas and electricity bills must be paid separately. Hamlet Gardens nouses over 200 students and unless College can be sure of breaking even, they may be forced to discontinue the tenancy. Student Services Officer Michael Arthur has said that he will write to applicants for Hamlet Gardens flats to inform them of the likely situation. 'Clearly no student is going to be forced to live there against this will, if he feels that the rent is too high.' M r Arthur went on to explain that he foresaw a drift away from large head tenancies towards small company let schemes.

Government. The A U T have dismissed this rise as derisory and are seeking an interim increase of 7/2%. They also want an independent c o m m i s s i o n o f enquiry to examine lecturer's pay. The Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals ( C V C P ) have refused to assist the A U T i n any further pay negotiations with the Government, until this year's claim is settled. Professor Leppington of the Imperial Gollege A U T said that it was premature to speak of industrial action. He said that even if the A U T National Executive recommended action, the final decision would rest with the local branch.

Jolly good Fellows SEVERAL E X - I C STUDENTS

and a former Home Secretary are among the six newly elected Fellows of Imperial College.


Apocrypha—the one about a dog in a microwave page 4 •DIARY

On two pages this week, with Capital Ideas and Advance Warning page 14 Free!

Professor J Sutton was at College f r o m 1937-41 a n d returned to the Department of Geology after the war. This is where he remained for thirty-five years before being appointed as the first Director and Emeritus Professor in the Centre for Environmental Technology. Another new Fellow, M r John Egan, was a member of the R S M from 1958-61, and is currently Chairman and Chief Executive of

Jaguar Cars. M r H M Neal, Chairman of the City and Guilds of London Institute was also a student in the City and Guilds College and is a Governor. Another Governor, and C h a i r m a n of Prudential Insurance is the Rt H o n L o r d Carr of Hadley who was Home Secretry from 1972-74. A n exlecturer a n d a u t h o r i t y o n aeronautical structures, Professor J H Argyris was also elected together with Professor Randolph Quirk, ViceChancellor of London University.

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Card trick BRITISH RAIL FARES are to be restructured from May 12th with a major change involving use of student railcards.

They will only entitle holders to one-third off their fare instead of one-half. T h e one-third reduction will be extended to saver tickets. These will become the normal tickets replacing weekend returns and awaydays with white days and blue days. O n white days (Friday and Summer Saturdays and Sundays plus the odd Thursday) savers will be more expensive than on blue days (the rest) but railcard holders will receive a full onethird off both fares. The standard ticket will only be necessary for a return journey more than one month after the date of issue. No 702


Letters David's Goliath Dear Sir, I say 'ear! 'ear! to, T Mohammad's letter in last weeks FELIX. The Jewish Society must realise that the state of Israel is very, far from being the poor, weak, little 'David' that the whole world must feel sorry for. Israel is a 'Goliath' who has trampled under-foot the rights to life , liberty and property of its own native population and the citizens of a neighbouring country. Just like the Biblical Goliath the Israelis have finally received 'one in the eye' from people who have decided to stand up for their freedom. Yours, T S Sheriff.

Realistic Attitude Dear Sir, I write in support of Mr T Mohammad, whose letter was published in last weeks FELIX, concerning the slogan 'Down with Israel!' It is sad that members of the Jewish Society condemn so strongly, relatively harmless words on a wall, without reflecting upon the actions of their fellow Jews in Lebanon. I fail to understand how they can ignore the daily acts of murder and the continuing oppression of countless civilians by their armed forces, when we are constantly reminded of the suffering undergone by the Jews themselves just forty years ago. It becomes worrying that the Jewish people do not seem to have learnt from their past, and are not at least trying to extend a friendly and peaceful hand to their Lebanese neighbour, rather than a fist made from iron. Yours T Ishaq

FELIX Accommodation for next year dominates conversation among 1st and 2nd years this term, as much as 'employment prospects pre-occupy finalists. Since many students will be forced to seek accommodation in the private sector. It seems to me that the College and or Union could do a lot more to help. At many universities, for instance, computerised accommodation data-bases exist. Students about to move out of private flats have details of landlord, location, price etc., put on file. They can then be sorted by price, size, location for the benefit of students searching for flats for next year. Such a system would be cheap, immensely useful and, for a science and technology College one would have thought, easy to set up.

'Security' in Southside is a source of endless annoyance. First there was the ASSA lock—occasionally the door was propped open, but in general things weren't too bad. Then came the key-card Mark I. You stuck it in a hole, forced it against a spring using both hands, Dear Sir, twisted it through several hundred degrees of arc at Since the first few words one saw when some danger to your equilibrium and then, panting and short of breath, you used both hands and one opening FELIX last week were 'Down with leg to open the door. Israel', the hooligans can now dispense with No wonder it got kicked in every week. their spray-cans! The title to the letter from T Then came the key-card Mark II. It's electronic Mohammed does their work for them. so it must be better. One would have thought. But it While not condoning violence, I do isn't. acknowledge Israel's right to defend herself In fact it's so unreliable and difficult to use that against acts of terrorism. However, it is these the Selkirk doors are left permanently unlocked. furtive acts of senseless vandalism that serve A bright red light has thoughtfully been only to promote enmity and distrust between provided by the Estates section. It flashes out, beacon-like across Princes Gardens, as if to say: Jew and Arab, emotions which I, for one, 'OK, boys. The doors are open. Everyone hope to see disappear from Imperial College. welcome.' And this will only occur through peaceful In fact that's exactly what it does say. It's meant discussion of the issues involved. to say it to the men whose job it is to watch the T V Yours Sincerely, monitors (there is a camera at each entrance). But Miss J A Glausiusz, they don't seem to take much notice. Otherwise the Chairman, Jewish Society, red light wouldn't be left to flash all night, would it? Life Sciences 2. The entire ridiculous system of key cards should be ripped-out and disposed of. It is utterly useless. Any suggestions as to what use the red lights might have? Well, you could always screw them to the outside wall and use them to hail taxis, I suppose. By the way. The ASSA locks aren't much good either. Doors at both ends of Southside can easily be opened with a pen knife.

Peaceful Discussion

Blinkered Vision


Dear Sir, Thank you Mr Mohammad for your letter in the last issue of FELIX. Unfortunately I haven't got your talent for propaganda. If I had I could answer you in the same style and remind you of Arab cruel and horrifying acts towards Israel, and among themselves for that matter. Quite frankly, Mr Mohammad, are you not beginning to be fed up with this endless fight? It is true that Lebanon wasn't one of Israel's more successful campaigns and it is true that civilians were hit during this war. Unfortunately every war claims its victims from the civilian population, as indeed your fellow English students will tell you of the thousands killed during World War 2 when the R A F bombed Dresden and Hamburg which were purely civilian targets. I can only tell you that we truely tried our best not to hurt civilians, and I did not need the T V to see Dear Sir, that. If you knew me you'd believe me. Could you please remind anyone who was Mr Mohammad, don't you think it is about Acknowledgements: Many thanks to Gren, issued with a parking permit who is not using time that we both grew-up and tried to sit Richard, Martin, Debbie, Howard Rudd, John, Jon, Hugh, Hugh, Luke, Steve Marshall, Judith, it any more to return it to the Union Office. together instead of killing each other, as we Chris, Alan, Diane, Nigel, Pete, Rosemary and This also applies to anyone who will have have been doing for the past 50 years? Do you Tony. no furthur use for their permit over the not think that this argument over a piece of land of less than the size of Wales has gone on summer vacation or after exams. This is important as there are an awful lot long enough. If not, please write 'Down with of people who can make use of underused Felix is published by the Editor for and on behalf of Imperial Israel' on the walls of the College again , so College Union Publications Board and is printed by the Union Print permits. I'll know. Unit, Imperial College, Prince Consort Road. London SW7. / remain, Sir, Telephone 01-589 5111 Ext 3515 Yours faithfully, Editor: David Rowe. Business Manager: Martin Taylor, Your humbly obedient servant, Gad Aharoni, Advertising Manager: Paul Belford. Copyright F E L I X 1985. ISSN 10140-0711. Eric Darbyshire. DOC 1.

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Social diary P A P E R S A R E N O W up for next year's S C C committee on the Union notice board. They come down at 5.30pm on Wednesday M a y 8 so there's still plenty of time to choose the right people this time. a

An Executive meeting will be held at 12.30pm in the Brown Committee room on Tuesday May 7, and the A G M is on Thursday 9 May.

Attendance by the outgoing and incoming chairmen of all societies is compulsory. Social colour's will be discussed at this meeting so bring the recommendations with you. Parties interested in the formation of new societies should also attend. Please return all equipment by Wednesday May 8 for annual inventory check.

for the 1st wicket in 26 overs. Lunch was taken while it rained at 77 for 2. After lunch Roger Wilson (34) put bat to ball but then disaster struck. IC lost 8 wickets for 10 runs in 7 overs as they crashed to 118 all out. Defeat stared IC in the face. O N A C O L D damp bleary-eyed Thirty three overs later, day I C Cricket Club set forth for Southampton had duly won by the first U A U fixture against 10 wickets . Much beer and heavy Southampton. fines followed. By the time you The Second X I having lost the read this Surrey will have toss were sent in and made a slow hopefully been thrashed on but solid start as Gareth Fish (27) Wednesday. Result: IC 2nd X I and Cieren Hassett (35) put on 66 were stuffed out of sight.

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Ex-IC girl makes good on fiddle WHEN IMPERIAL C O L L E G E Symphony Orchestra takes to the stage next Wednesday evening, the players will be joined by an ex-IC student who is currently making a name for herself in the musical world. Helen Cass came to Imperial College four years ago to study maths, but left after her first year to pursue a career in music. During that year she led the College Orchestra.

On Wednesday Helen will be performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto, which is one of the most popular works for the violin

and orchestra. The rest of the programme also has a popular slant—as might be expected for a Summer gala concert. Prokofiev's 'Lieutenant Kije' suite is a lively and amusing piece and Walton's 'Crown Imperial' and Elgar's 'Pomp and Circumstance No 4' are both traditional Prom favourites. This should be a thoroughly enjoyable evening and tickets are only £1 at the door to students. The concert is at 8.00pm on Wednesday 8 May in the Great Hall.

Sick as parrots T H E I C U N I V E R S I T Y Challenge team travelled to Manchester on Tuesday, accompanied by 50 supporters, for the final against Jesus College, Oxford.

Granada TV aren't too keen on FELIX publishing the result. Let's just say that team members Tim Williams, Simon Errington, Dick Langstaff and Duncan Swan were sick as parrots.

Put The World In Your Pocket

What did you do this weekend? -and London can be an exciting place to live—but only if you know the ropes. In October several hundred fresh faced first years will arrive at Imperial College and you can help them enjoy their first few weeks here to the full. A few weeks before the start of the a c a d e m i c year all first year students receive a c o p y of the IC Union H a n d b o o k . C a n you pass o n information to help them in their first y e a r ? W h e t h e r y o u want t o review a favourite restaurant,pub or c i n e m a . d i s c u s s the merits of the local s h o p s or write an article on study skills there is a place for everything. If you are the C h a i r m a n / C a p t a i n of a c l u b or society you are also required to submit a short article detailing your activities and facilities(see pidgeon holes for details). G e n e r a l photographs of college and local events are particularly useful. If y o u are at all interested in passing on your knowledge and advice please contact Nigel A t k i n s o n via the Felix office as s o o n as possible. T h e c o p y deadline will be Friday 31st May. FELIX

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•MEWS REV1EW_ •WELL, AFTER THIRTY hours work it runs. This term's computer project. God rot its one-megahertz soul, who would use one of these out of choice? Not a bad question, you may think, follow it up. So we did. The small business market seemed a good example to look at, so we dusted off the Yellow Pages, and let our fingers do the walking. Where first? First Computer—the name says it all. This company was set-up in February of last year to cater, usually for the first-time buyer in the small business sector. They cap also provide systems for the corporate user. Although they operate from shop-fronted premises their spokesman emphasised that they sell 'service not boxes'. They aim to provide a complete package — from systems consultancy to operator training and machine maintenance. 'Home Computers?'. We asked. 'Definitely not,' they replied. Tired of silly questions about space invaders, I expect. However, they will tolerate silly questions about more lucrative problems because they offer immediate assistance to clients on a telephone help line. Claiming to provide tailored systems for all clients, they would not be drawn by requests for a typical system. 'But don't you get to the point where every business that wants a computer already has one?'. 'No,' they said, 'that' a long way off.' Apparently, users are often expanding business requiring updated systems on a regular basis. Quite how they can be so sure of this on the basis of eighteen months' trading I don't know. But there was no hesitation at the other end of the phone. The coming thing is multi-user networking, and they don't expect to be short of orders. Multi what? Don't panic, at IC we've had it for years. The College mainframe operates hundreds of terminals. Now the bigger micro systems can handle it, too. Whoopee, let's go and buy one. To save their blushes, I won't name the next firm we contacted, because some of the things they said were that, um, frank. 'Sell Computers? Well, yes we did, but we're getting out of that side of the business now.' Aha. This sounds interesting. 'You see, we had a dealership for X X X X X X computers, ,but they're having trouble and now they've pulled out. We did get an offer of another dealership but... 4

'The problem is this. In a small accounts department, the level of staff is such that with all the back-up and training and the...(whithering sign)...handholding it was much too expensive. We only have a 30 per cent mark-up and if you are talking about, maybe £4000 for an accountg system, it just can't be done.'. So there are problems with the users' understanding? 'You're telling me. The kind of people we're dealing with, they're a real bag of worms. With the education these days, they can hardly read and write, some of them, never mind electronic genius!'. This is not necessarily a criticism of youth, though: 'And the older book-keepers, they get set in their ways. You go back to an office six months or a year after installing a system, and find all this expensive hardware sitting there doing nothing. The bloke is back to writing on the back of envelopes.' Asked about market saturation, this firm unwittingly illuminated the rationale behind First Computer's 'be nice to beginners' policy. 'Yes, you certainly do get that problem. The large firms with all the resources have had systems for year. If they want an updated one, they've already got their supplier.' Diversity is a problem, too. It seems that users are confused by the sheer number of models on the m a r k e t . A b o u t 100 manufacturers of micros are in operation, all filling the corners • of someone's office, and some claiming rather more than they should about their machines capability. 'Some people come in here asking if they can do their accounts on a X X X X X , which cost £200. Some of them realise that it can cost a lot more. So we have two views of retailing. They are different, but patterns are starting to emerge. What about reliability? We contacted Computer Field Maintenance to see if there might be other chilly patches amid the white heat of technology. Relax. They weren't worried. Basically, electronics last for ever. Even the maintenance for

HAND... electo-mechanical components is They are retained by clients on a reducing. Even for printers, the contract basis, and will then manufacturers say 'no routine responsibility for the running of maintenance.' We just give 'em a the system. Either labour-only or clean and a shampoo if we're fully comprehensive contracts called out to deal with faults. are available, the latter being Winchester disks, for instance, more usual. They will tailor a are practically ...well, no they are contract to a customer's system maintenance free'. and insurance requirements, Reassuring. How long does a although if you spill coffee over a machine last? machine or kick it to death 'Six months to 10 years. Not (amounts to the same thing) you because it's broken, no. That's will probably have to pick up the about how long it takes for a bill yourself. company to want to expand or They are called to deal with all update their system' types of machines from PCs to Essentially, C F M provide an continued on page 10 insurance against breakdown.

J/lfoerym legends. They are usually gruesome, moral, and the teller usually claims some personal corroboration; it happened to a friend of an uncle, or they read it in a newspaper (So it must be true). F E L I X rang T o s h i b a , currently having great success with their range of microwave ovens backed by a big advertising In the United States, a womancampaign. Had they heard the put her pet poodle in a microwave story? 'Yes'. And is it true? 'No. oven to dry it's coat. After a few There is no recorded instance of a dog being put in a microwave seconds the microwaves were so oven'. Well, do microwave ovens intense that the dog exploded. As nowhere on the oven did it statesold in the United States have a that pets were not to be put insidebig sticker on them saying that she successfully sued the oven pets are not to be dried in them? manufacturers for compensation. Unfortunately Toshiba didn't Since then, all microwave ovensthink so, but they weren't sure, so sold in the US have had big sticky F E L I X asked an American labels stating that they are not tostudent who just happened to be passing the office. She didn't be used for drying pets. know for sure either, but she was This never happened. sure that a woman was suing a Apocryphal stories such as m i c r o w a v e m a n u f a c t u r er this, passed across smoked filled because she had put her pet bars, are the direct descendants poodle in a microwave oven of Beowulf and other folk and....

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NUS Conference —a tame affair •AFTER T H E NEWS coverage generated by the riots and disruption of the NUS conference in December, last month's Easter conference was a pretty tame affair. The main issue dominating the conference was the refusal of Sunderland Poly student union to recognise an independent Jewish Society. In an emergency motion the NUS resolved to suspend the membership of Sunderland Poly Union if it did not reverse its decision within six months. The issue arises because of the strong anti-Zionist feeling of some groups on the extreme left, who see Israel as a Zionist state and are therefore opposed to Jews who support the right of Israel to exist. The expected disruption from far-right members of the Federation of Conservative Students failed to materialize for the most part. A few were present at conference but failed to cause more than a ripple of disquiet. Even the elections, which it appeared would be thrown into chaos by the twelve F C S candidates standing for each post, went smoothly as all but two FCS members withdrew. The two who remained were treated as joke candidates, and the hustings passed off in good humour. The reason for the lack of disruption does not stem from any change of policy or leadership in FCS, but largely from pressure from the Conservative party on FCS to end the tactics which brought Conservatives such bad publicity at the Christmas conference. As widely reported in the national press, the party is currently investigating the affairs of FCS following their Loughborough conference. The other issue to raise itself throughout the conference was the Welsh language. Delegates from Welsh colleges protested that the NUS was not translating all its publications into Welsh, making them useless to some Welsh unions who have policy only allowing them to distribute FELIX

leaflets or display posters if they are available in both English and Welsh. A demonstration at one stage involved a large number of b i n - l i n e r s f u l l of N U S publcations being dumped in front of the platform. The NUS is now to examine the setting up of a London based translation service after a motion of censure was passed on the Executive. Elections The National Organisation of Labour Students ( N O L S ) retained control of the NUS Executive for the coming year, their fourth year in overall control. There were signs, however, of a resurgence in strength of their main opposition, the non-party Left Alliance. NOLS and the L A only stood against each other in the election for one of the five fulltime (sabbatical) posts, that of Vice President Education, when the L A candidate, Andy Whyte, narrowly defeated his NOLS opponent. Three of the four remaining full time posts, including that of President Phil Woolas, were won by the incumbent standing for a second (and final) term, without serious opposition. The real contest will come next year with both sides putting up new candidates for the main positions.

part of its businesss devoted to motions. Unlike the last conference, where the Miners strike dominated, there were not policy debates of any great controversy. The priorities ballot turned up Sexual Politics (ie gay rights) as thefirsttopic for debate selected by the constituent members, with Local Government (abolition of the G L C , rate capping, etc.) and Internationalism being chosen by the Executive. First there were several significant c o n s t i t u t i o n a l motions. The move to end individual membership, passed at Christmas, was ratified and now becomes effective. A new clause was introduced to the standing orders to allow the removal of delegates from conference for violent attacks. The composition of the Executive is to be changed also, with a full-time Further Education Officer, and a Women's Officer (although the exact status of this post still needs further consideration). The twelve part time members presently elected by STV in groups of 3, 4 and 5 will now be elected in two groups of 7 and 5. This may affect the political balance of the Executive slightly but this remains to be seen next Easter. The Local Government motion resulted in a predictable pro-GLC, anti-rate capping position. The more extreme position supporting Councils refusing to set a legal rate was defeated. 'Internationalism' contained all that is worst in the irrelevant politicking of NUS conferences. It set out to define which side the NUS should be on in international conflicts, with which groups it should set up fraternal l i n k s , etc. A n amendment saying that NUS should not have anything to do

with such things but should be working for the benefit of its members was easily defeated. So too was the amendment calling for workers and students to unite in the coming proletarian uprising of the oppressed in society to create a new world order where those scourges of the capitalist system hunger, disease, rate capping, etc, etc. would be banished and we'd all go around being nice to each other. This was followed by the Sexual Politics debate, again with a predictable outcome. The next debate, on Subscriptions, was interesting because it showed that many unions are feeling the pinch when it comes to NUS affiliation fees. The resulting policy means that fees may not go up as quickly as inflation in future years. The remaining debates were A i d to the Third World (Ethiopia, etc), Racism and Fascism (they're against them), and the Youth Training Scheme. In each motion there are clearly identifiable political positions contained in the various amendments. The main motion is bland, amendment one is the NOLS position, amendment two and three may be the Militant and Socialist Workers positions, with amendment four being perhaps a moderate Conservative position. Usually only amendment one is passed! Ironically given the claimed attack on education by the Government, the NUS did not seem able to come up with anything of much substance to debate. Perhaps this is a symptom of having two big conferences with a large amount of time devoted to policy debates—there is simply too much time to find enough worthwhile debates to fill the space, resulting in a lot of sterile posturing rather than real discussion.•

In the elections for part time members, a new factor was the emergence of credible independent candidates from the Further Education sector of NUS, two of whom were elected. This year for the first time in many years no Conservative was elected, but one Social Democrat was successful. The overall control of the Executive remains with Labour, but their position looks less unshakeable than it did last year. Motions The Easter conference has a large

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Water, water everywhere

â&#x20AC;˘RELIEF FOR REFUGEES in areas such as Nicaragua, Honduras, Ethiopia and the Sudan is being provided by a new water supply system developed at Imperial College. Our science correspondent investigates...

In spite of improvements in sanitation, health care and food supplies, the overall wellbeing of refugees is heavily dependent on the adequacy and quality of the water supply. A s people entering refugee camps are often undernourished and weak, the dangers of sickness and death from polluted drinking water are greatly increased. , In emergency situations pre-planning and preparation of equipment and materials is essential for rapid establishment of safe water supplies. With these needs in mind, Oxfam and D r Nigel Graham of the Civil Engineering Department at Imperial College are collaborating on a project to research, design and develop a water supply system. Great flexibility is needed for the system to be adaptable to the varied requirements of different areas, and this is achieved throught the use of interchangeable units. So far four principal units have been designed and made: a piped distribution unit, a storage unit, a pumping unit, and a treatment system. The treatment system makes use of a sand filter unit to remove microbial and physical , contaminants from the water. The research is currently a i m e d at f i n d i n g sui t a bl e techniques to abstract groundwater. It is likely that the final water supply system may have as many as nine units, and it will be able to use water from many different sources such as rivers, lakes, wells or springs. A slow sand filter tank with storage tanks in the distance Each unit is self-contained, and a stock is kept in a disaster store ready for rapid transportatoverseas. Every system is The photographs were taken by Nigel Graham when ion he went to designed to cater for 5,000 people Somalia to see how the systems behaved in the field. assuming a minimum consumption per head of 23 litres a day. With this knowledge of the capacity and capability of each unit, rapid decisions are possible as to which units are needed in an area. The combination of units required will depend on the type of local water source and the number of people in the camp. The design of the units allows rapid transportation and easy installation, with the materials used chosen for cheapness, reliability and simplicity. Only two to three days are needed to set up the storage and distribution units, but the treatment system may need a few weeks before it is fully operational. During this period, water may be transported from urban supplies to the storage tanks, if possible. T h e very low cost of the systems, at around ÂŁ3 per head, means that relief agencies are able to provide much more with the limited resources they have available. Also very few demands are made on the availability of local materials, with only diesel/petrol for powering pumps, and sand and gravel for the treatment unit being required. A s refugee camps should only be a temporary measure, the fact that the units can be easily taken apart and re-erected elsewhere is very important. Since 1981, Oxfam have installed storage and distribution units at refugee camps in Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Sudan. In Somalia treatment units are being used by The Ecumenical Relief and Development G r o u p for Somalia, while for the current relief operations in Ethiopia, Oxfam are using the storage units. Oxfam feel that in the future these systems may be used in urban squatter areas and for rural villages in the third world. The ready availability of pre-planned and developed water supply equipment, will help to save time, money and most important of all The water distribution unit human lives, in emergency situations. â&#x20AC;˘


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FELIX PHOTO Here are the results of the magnificent Photosoc FELIX competition. All you avid readers of this column should know all about it, because it has been mentioned in almost every Photosoc article and newsletter since before Christmas. Just in case you don't, though, here is a quick recap. Each entry for the competition was a portfolio of up to four prints, B&W or colour, of any size and of varied subject matter. The main criterion for judging was to have been visual composition, rather than print quality. The first prize is a ÂŁ10 voucher to buy photographic equipment from Jessops, and the two runners up get ÂŁ5 Jessops vouchers. The entire winning portfolio is printed in these pages, together with one print from each of the runners up. The competition was judged by that well know art critic M r Dave Rowe, with a little help from Nigel Atkinson. Altogether we had seven entries, which just goes to show what can be achieved by continually putting back the deadline! The winning portfolio was submitted by Sigrun Eriksen a Chemistry P G . The two runners up are Chris Jones, a Chemistry R A and Richard Lewis, another Chemistry P G . The committee would like to thank the other people who bothered to enter ie Johann Riedel, Nick Horton, Sarah Butler and myself. The prints will be returned to their owners either personally or via the internal mail. Prizes can be collected at any Photosoc committee meeting. The winning portfolio was chosen, despite what was said above, mainly becuasje of its excellent print quality although the pictures of the brick staircase and of the small child are also striking compositions. The head and shoulders portrait can really only be best appreciated by looking at the original print, from which it is apparent that professional lighting equipment has been used. The fourth shot, that of a nude man is best not mentioned at all, except to deny all responsibility. The print quality in Chris Jones's entry was also first class. This set included a close up of a daffodil, a landscape, a photograph of a farmhouse and the dead brilliant one of a young man blowing his nose which is reproduced here (the print, not the nose). All but two of the portfolios consisted of 8" x 10" hand printed B & W prints. The others were postcard sized colour prints done by professional laboratories. The Judge thought that one of these ought to be among the winners, and so the second runner up is Richard Lewis. Among his portfolio were pictures of a Hippopotamus, a dried fruit, a tree and the Albert Bridge. The one of the Albert Bridge is also printed here. Among those who didn't win, Nick Horton's portfolio was particularly good. On the principle that no publicity is bad publicity, I think that this competition could be judged a success, but if we are to hold another one next year then we must have more entries than this. W e are seriously considering making it compulsory. 8

Photo: Chris Jones Photo: Sigrun Eriksen

Photo: Sigrun Eriksen

Photo: Sigrun Eriksen Photo: Richard Lewis

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Eddie and Pat welcome you to

the HOOP and TOY One of South Kensington's finest traditional English Free House Pubs with excellent choice of beers and home cooked fare at a reasonable price. continued from page 4 mainframes. A large part of their business comes from users of very large micros of perhaps 400 Mbyte power. The F o r d Cortinas of the computing world. C F M would not comment, however, on which types needed most repair. It seemed to us that you just can't write about computers without talking to I B M . They did, after all, invite us all to their Exhibit a few month ago. A salesman from another company had this to say: ' I B M have been in it from the start, and as far as most customers see it, they will be here for ever'. We tried the number in the London phone book at 12.45pm. Would you believe—the staff of I B M was out to lunch. A t 2.10pm we tried again to find a fast, helpful bunch of people. The corporate mentality looms large, however. It took three further calls to trace someone who was allowed to talk to us. Nothing seems to frighten a business man faster than questions about about his marketing policies. Not that I B M ' s policies are hard to guess—they sell everything, every way. A t the heavy end of the spectrum—multi-million pound s y s t e m s — I B M have people working with a client's data preparation staff on a permanent basis. O n this level of sophistication, they can be fairly confident of providing any replacement or update because of these very close links. More recently, for smaller systems, dealer networks have been established. Different networks deal with different products. Agencies are awarded for various sizes of computer. Their spokesman's explanation of the continuing growth of computing was down to earth. 10

Someone i n this c o m p a n y understands economics. 'The main area of growth is with existing customers businesses growing. But market saturation is not really a problem, because the cost of computing is Deflationary. Computing power which, say, ten years ago would have cost £ 1 now costs less than a penny.' So demand grows as the price falls. Simple, isn't it? ' W e don't customise the hardware. We tend to produce general purpose machines that are then customised through programming. We run our own training classes for the user's staff, or at a smaller level we provide Self-Tuition diskettes.' F o r medium-sized f i r m s , training is often the province of independent 'external education companies.' ' W e have a range of understanding among our users. The direction in which we are going is that the user need not understand the programming or the workings of the computer. Switch on and just use a diskette. H o w long do they last? 'There are machines around that were installed 10 or 15 years ago, but they are the exception. Several years, anyway. But what we f i n d is that they are technically obsolete long before they...are obsolete, if y o u like...mechanically.' In other words, buggered after ten years, but nobody minds. So we seem to have some advice for any budding computer salesmen. G o for the first-time buyer, and give lots of advice, training and ass-licking. That way he will come to you again after a very short time to get updated. First computer have a point. A l l o w a realistic budget for training, and make the software V E R Y easy to use. Read F E L I X and make a million—we could take on Fleet Street yet. •

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Bookshop News

'Alio, 'Alio Following the eronious decision by the former Board of Directors to index-link funds to the attendance at Stoke City matches, it is announced, with deepest regret that QT Soc will cease trading immediately. Any persons or organisations (Religious/Israeli or both) with outstanding claims are respectfully referred to the official receiver. The activities of the former society will be continued (on page 94) by a radical new Society, QT (1986) Ltd. The new committee are determined that they will not repeat the mistakes made by the former society's committee (and they should know!). The main activities for this term will be next weekend. We have a supply of tickets to see 'Alio ' Alio at the BBC Televison Centre next Friday evening. These free tickets can be collected at out meeting on Tuesday 7 May, 1.00pm Southside Upper Lounge (nearest tube South Kensington), when we shall discuss our campaign for the Rag Fete next Saturday. Anyone with their own pair of wellies welcome. This meeting guaranteed to be less violent than the average F C S Conference and eight out of ten student didn't have a cat.

In between exams etc. Why not learn a foreign language, Pan Books publish their breakthrough courses in German, French, Spanish, Greek, and Italian. Book and cassettes £19.95. Best Sellers The Gaia Atlas Of Planet Management Norman Myers Pan £7.95. Piaf and Cerdan Grimault and Mahe W H Allen £9.95. The Story Of Air Fighting Johnnie Johnson Hutchinson £9.95 (Signed Copies Available). Lion G L Smuts Macmillian £10.95. In the Eye Of The Wind Roger


Hamish Hamilton £5.95. World Of Strange Powers Arthur C Clarke Collins £10.95. The Fourth Protocol Frederick Forsyth Hutchinson £9.95. Les Daweson's Lancashire Elm Tree Books £6.95. Slogans and Catchphrases Nigel Rees Allen and Unwin £2.95

Macmillan Dictionaries Microcomputing £8.95 Energy £7.95 Information Technology £8.95 Life Sciences £9.95 Data Communications £8.95 Worked Examples in Mathematics for Scientist and Engineers G Sfephesons Longman £4.95 (Signed copies available). Firefox Down Craig Thomas Sphere £2.25 In Honour Bound Gerald Seymour Fontana £1.95 Bliss Jill Tweedie Penguin £2.95. The Servants Of Twilight Leigh Nichols Fontana £1.95. The Twelve Apostles William J Coughlin Pan £1.95 Friends Of The Opposite Sex Sara Davidson Fontana £1.95 Last Seen Wearing Colin DexrerPan £1.50. Kingsley's Touch John Collee Penguin £1.95 All Asterix Titles £1.95 Plus the New Scientist is available every Thursday.

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State of the Art rather than State of the World. You're probably approaching your finals-with more than a passing thought to your career. Look around you. For an electronics or computer science graduate, there aren't that many options. As you are among the employment elite of the science grads, if s probably already occurred to you that you're heavily in demand by the defence companies. There must be more in life. There certainly is for a career. Here at Northern Telecom Data Systems Limited, technology is developed along more constructive lines. Our latest product, VIENNA*, is a unique family of systems, designed specifically to address the needs and increase the efficiency of the European business environment. Flexibility and industry standards have been built in from the outset, giving VIENNA the unrivalled configurability and compatibility demanded by evolving business needs. Investing heavily in new product design as well as enhancement, we urgently need more specialist 'muscle'. We could write more here, but we can better demortstrate the attractions of our product and our company face to face.



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Gary M o o r e / P h i l Lynott: Military Man It's g o o d to hear the great Lynott's vocals chords straining into action again, and fortunately for all fans of his brand of hard rock, G a r y M o o r e h a s p r o d u c e d an ex c ellen t track for h im . T h u n d e r i n g electric guitar work as you expect, but a g o o d s o n g nevertheless. La Bouche: Romantic Love N o w this is very o d d . Every s o u n d o n the s i n g l e , is p r o d u c e d by digital synthesis of the human v o i c e w h i c h results in a d i s c o Two Tribes style feel, but with Romantic Love c h o r u s e s more reminisc e n t of a k i d d i e c h o i r . Irritatingly catchy this c o u l d be a surprise hit. Depeche Mode: Shake The Disease They've been having a little trouble maintaining their popularity recently, and I suspect this track will do little to help that situation. T h e y s o u n d more and more like the late 70's band they are, and s e e m to h a v e lost the excitement and originality of their early songs. It's a pity. Paul Hardcastle: 19 P e o p l e have criticised Paul


for m a k i n g a c o m m e r i c a l s u c c e s s out of the tragedy that was Vietnam. Certainly listening to the electro funk of • this single grates rather against the photos we've all seen of the y o u n g s t e r s in S a i g o n during the war. However anything that reminds me of s u c h images can't be all b a d — a n d it is a great track. One The Juggler: Hours And Hours J o h n Peel's favourite band, now r e c o r d i n g for R C A , s o u n d s remarkably amateur on this. T h e s o n g is weak with a Eurovision tune and o o m - p a d r u m beat. Even the pianist is out of time with the rest of the band. T h e r e is no room for trash like this in my c o l l e c t i o n . Eurythmics: Would I Lie To You? I believe there will be a new a l b u m c o m i n g out s o o n and judging from this, it will have been well worth the wait s i n c e Touch. A n n i e L e n n o x ' s v o i c e c a n only be d e s c r i b e d as remarkable, and Dave Stewart's songwriting abilities, ranging from the last ballad Julia to this M O N S T E R rock s m a s h , are incredible. Brilliant.

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Harvey Milk

The return of Captain Invincible T h e w h o l e film is a s e n d up of those sickly American superheroes and tells the tale of one s u c h character w h o , having been purged d u r i n g the M c C a r t h y p e r i o d (for wearing a red cape, flying without a pilot's licence and wearing underwear in public) b e c o m e s a w i n o in Australia. However w h e n the evil Dr M i d n i g h t (ably p l a y e d by Peter C u s h i n g ) threatens to rid N e w York of its ethnic population by means of a spectacularly xenophobic s c h e m e the president of the Unit e d States calls on his c h i l d h o o d hero Captain Invincible (in the form of A l a n Arkin) to save the day. The film follows the Captain' s rehabilitation and his race against time to meet up with his old arch e n e m y Dr Midnight, c l i m a x i n g with a remarkably silly g o o d against evil confrontation. G a s p at the attack of the killer v a c u u m cleaners, gap at the P r e s i d e n t s i n g i n g the w o r d 'bullshit' for 45 s e c o n d s , lust after the (female) C I A agents and b e c o m e c o n f u s e d as to just where Dr Midnight' s sidekic k fits in. T h e script is punctuated by s o n g s f r o m the p e n s of R i c h a r d Hartley and R i c h a r d O ' B r i e n ( b o t h of ' R o c k y Horror S h o w ' fame) w h o s e i n a p p r o p r i a t n e s s is o n l y m a t c h e d by their f a r c i c a l delivery and lyrical content.

Everyman, Hampstead/26 April What do people really know about ' G a y s ' . T h e r e are the s c a r y ones that parade their m o u s t a c h e s and tight leather at Earls C o u r t or s w i n g their hand bags u n d e r t h e arches at Heaven, but w h o are the 'normal' h o m o s e x u a l s ? Were y o u ever taught by one? P e r h a p s theres one reading this review thinking—that's not what it's like... Harvey Milk was a gay activist, a normal, friendly guy, well liked. H e o w n e d a c a m e r a store in C a s t r o S a n F r a n s i s c o and b e c a m e o n e of the city's most influential elected officials. H e was o u t s p o k e n and a prominent leader in the G a y R i g h t s movement and was behind many of its s u c c e s s s e s . • T h e film The Times of Harvey Milk follows his life and rise to city supervisor—well liked and respected throughout many walks of the population. Well out of the closet and into the street w h e n a fellow city supervisor shot both Milk and the city M a y o r , G e o r g e M o s c o m e , at their offices in city hall. T h e d o c u m e n t a r y then follows the ridiculous trial of Dan White, the murderer, w h o s e c o m i c defence s u c c e s s f u l l y e m p l o y e d arguments s u c h as 'bad health' and 'too m u c h fast f o o d ' to keep nis s e n t e n c e to a minimum. A thought provoking, yet very conventional , 1.5 hour d o c u m e n t a r y released as a film. P er hap s too long. It w o u l d have made a g o o d ' A r e n a ' or '40 Minutes' but as a film, it is aimed at rather a minority viewing. O t h e r sectors of society are hardly e n c o u r a g e d to go with s u c h an interesting yet perhaps uninviting subject. Friday 3 May 1985 FELIX

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O n a t e c h n i c a l level the film holds u p very w e l l , e s p e c i a l l y the early stage-setting portion w h i c h includes s o m e s p o o r ' N e w s on the M a r c h ' 50's newsreels and an excellent M c C a r t h y inquisition courtroom s c e n e w h i c h is so g o o d as to be w h o l l y believable. T h e s p e c i a l effects, whilst nothing spectacular, enable the film to carry on without belief having to be s u s p e n d e d more than is necessary in the first place, and in fact the very lack of polish o n these areas adds to the amateurish char m of this highly original film. If y o u have ever read a Marvel c o m i c , or played a super heroes g a m e then this f i l m is a must f o r y o u . Otherwis e just go a l o n g to laugh at this l a m p o o n of the American mentality and rejoice in the k n o w l e d g e that we British w o u l d never fall into this s am e s u p e r h e r o trap. (Who mentioned King Arthur?).


EDIARY Friday 3 •ISLAMIC SOCIETY 1.00pm U n i o n B u i l d i n g . Friday c o n g r e g a t i o n a l prayers. • U L U GIG 8.00pm U L U B u i l d i n g , Malet Street. T h e Triffids, T h e O p p o s i t i o n and Menticide. T i c k e t s £3 in advance or £3.50 on the door.

•IC RADIO HIGHLIGHT 1.00 till 2.00pm 9 9 9 K H z . M o n d a y lunchtimes s h o w with Dave Stanley. •CHRISTIAN UNION 5.30pm G r e e n C o m m i t t e e R o o m , U n i o n 5th floor. Meet for prayer each M o n d a y till 6.30pm •DANCE CLUB 6.30pm J C R . A d v a n c e d B a l l r o o m and Latin 6.30pm (Jazz), 7.30pm (Ballroom) J C R . 75p.

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Sunday 5 •CHAPLAINCY SERVICE 10.00am C o n s o r t Gallery Sherfield. •MASS 11.30am and 6.00pm M o r e H o u s e , 53 C r o m w e l l R o a d . M a s s , bar s uppe r and talk. •WARGAMES MEETING 1.00pm U n i o n S C R . 10% discount on games, membership £1.50. •IC RADIO FOOTLIGHT 7.00pm 9 9 9 K H z . A large variety of m u s i c played by A n d y Dun n before he g o e s home for his tea.

Monday 6

•NORTH AMERICAN STALL 12.30pm J C R . V a c a t i o n in the U S A — W o r k and Play you'll never have another c h a n c e (looks g o o d o n C V too) •AUDIOSOC 12.30pm U n i o n U p p e r L o u n g e . Discoun t record club meeting, buy records cassettes, videos etc at trade prices.

•HOVERCRAFT CLUB MEETING 12.45pm L o w e r Gallery, Linstead Hall. • Q T MEETING 1.00pm S o u t h s i d e Upper Lounge.

•HANG GLIDING MEETING 12.30pm S o u t h s i d e Upper L o u n g e .

•JUDO PRACTICE 6.30pm U n i o n G y m Beit Q u a d . Price 50p mat fee. •IC DANCE CLUB 7.00pm(inter) and 8.00pm(improv) J C R . Intermediate B a l l r o o m and Latin and Improvers B a l l r o o m and Latin. 50p.

•WATERSKI CLUB MEETING 12.30pm above S o u t h s i d e Bar. S i g n up for W e d n e s d a y and Saturday s k i i n g .

•DRAMSOC AUDITIONS 7.30pm U n i o n D i n i n g Hall. Final auditions for 3 E d i n b u r g h plays—all w e l c o m e .

•ICCAG LUNCHTIME MEETING 12.30pm I C C A G Office. C o m e a l o n g and find out about the activities of the Community Action Group.

Prince Consort Road SW7 Tickets from choir members or the Haldane Library

•MASS AND LUNCH 12.30pm C h e m i s t r y 231.

•RIDING CLUB 1.00pm S o u t h s i d e U p p e r L o u n g e . Meeting. • T H E IMPERIAL WORKOUT 6.00pm S o u t h s i d e G y m . Wear something comfortable and please bring training s h o e s (any kind) all w e l c o m e . 50p a lesson, membership £1.00. •CANOE CLUB 6.30pm IC S w i m m i n g P o o l . Trip every other w e e k e n d .

•YES IT'S IC RADIO 11.00am till 1.00pm 9 9 9 K H z . G o all the way (through Midnight) with Terry J o n e s . Largish quantities of g o o d m u s i c and the almost legendary soft spot at 12.30pm.

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•OPSOC REHEARSAL 7.30pm M u s i c R o o m , 53, P r inc e' s Gate. Meet in S o u t h s i d e B a r before rehearsal.

Wednesday 8 •ICCAG HOSPITAL VISITING 12.45pm, M e c h E n g Foyer. •ICCND AGM 12.45pm U n i o n U p p e r L o u n g e . Papers are up outside U n i o n S n a c k Bar. •WARGAMES 1.00pm, U n i o n S C R . 10% d i s c o u n t on games. •ISLAMIC TEACHINGS 1.30pm2.00pm, 9 P r i n c e s G a r d e n s . M u h a m m a d as foretold in the Bible. Free. •MICRO CLUB MEETING 1.30pm M i n e s 401. M e m b e r s h i p £2. •SUMMER GALA CONCERT 8.00pm Great Hall. C o l l e g e O r c h e s t r a playing a selection of popular works including Beethoven's violin C o n c e r t o . £1.50/£1 students. •DANCE CLUB 8.00pm J C R . New B e g i n n e r s C l a s s . 50p.




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•METHSOC MEETING 12.30pm C h e m Eng E400. Informal meeting, lunch available. •AUDIO SOC 12.30pm U n i o n U p p e r L o u n g e . Discoun t record club meeting. B u y records, cassettes, videos, etc. at trade prices. •ICYHA BUTTIES 12.30pm S o u t h s i d e U p p e r L o u n g e . O u r weekly meeting with information on this term's c o m i n g events. A l l w e l c o m e . FELIX

DIARY! • R A G COMMITTEE MEETING 12.30pm U n i o n D i n i n g Hall. T o d i s c u s s the fete. •THE IMPERIAL WORKOUT 12.45pm S o u t h s i d e G y m . Wear s o m e t h i n g comfortable and please bring training s hoe s (any kind) all w e l c o m e 50p. •STAMP CLUB MEETING 12.45pm C h e m i s t r y 231. •BALLOON CLUB MEETING 12.45pm, S o u t h s i d e U p p e r L o u n g e . •STOIC BROADCAST 1.00pm and 6.00pm J C R (lunchtimes only) S o u t h s i d e T V L o u n g e and all Hall T V sets. Newsbreak scintillating edition with all y o u r favourite C o l l e g e personalities—on Stoic, y o u r friendly n e i g h b o u r h o o d T V station. •SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY 1.00pm library meeting. A c c e s s to the society's 600 volume library. A l l m em ber s welcome. Union Green Committee Room. •QURANIC CIRCLE 1.30pm 9, P r i n c e s G a r d e n s . Learn the s c i e n c e of the recitation of the Q u r a n . •THE IMPERIAL WORKOUT 6.00pm S o u t h s i d e G y m . Wear s o m e t h i n g comfortable and please bring training s hoe s (any kind) all w e l c o m e . 50p a lesson, membership £1.00. •ICCAG SOUP RUN 9.15pm, meet Weeks Hall, P r i n c e s G a r d e n s . T a k i n g s o u p , biscuits and meeting s o m e of L o n d o n ' s homeless.



IC WINDBAND 1812 CONCERT Stars & Stripes Finlandia Cornets-a-go-go Instant Concert 1812—with cannon & bells Tuesday 21st May lpm QUEEN'S LAWN

• M y s t e r i e s on M o n m o u t h Street, near Foyles is the place to go if y o u want to become a necromantic medium. Crystal balls, runes and divining rods are all yours for the asking. Even the b o o k s are extraordinary, with titles like Teach Yourself Levitation and 50 Spells Every White Witch Ought To Know. With e x a m s just around the corner, this kind of thing c o u l d quickly catch o n .

• O u t with the wide suits a g a i n , we're off to the Cotton Club. C o p p o l a ' s expensive and trouble s o m e movie about Harlem's most reputable jazz club, o p e n s tonight at the O d e o n Leicester Square. A s a d o c u m e n t a r y it w o u l d be fine—(if R i c h a r d G e r e w a s o n l y t h e right colour)—sort of ' R e a d y Steady G o ' of the R o a r i n g Twenties. T h e film is d o g g e d by script c h a n g e s however, c a u s e d by a fidgety director and often unlocatable actors. If you look very closely y o u can see the sellotape...

Advance Warning • M a y 13 B i o c h e m Link 4 L e c t u r e R o o m , 5.45pm. ' H a n d s off my genes'. Talk on b i o t e c h n o l o g y and the law by Peter Elliott, Patent agent. A l l welcome. • M a y 13 and May 20 IC W i n d b a n d rehearsals, 5.45pm—7.15pm, Great Hall. A l l w i n d players w e l c o m e . • M a y 14 U n i o n S C R , 6.00pm. W i n e Tasting Society. Red Burgundy T a s t i n g . M e m b e r s £2.50, Nonm e m b e r s £3.50. • M a y 21 1812 W i n d b a n d C o n c e r t 1.00pm, Q u e e n s L a w n . • J u n e 8 F r e n c h W i n e Trip, 6.00am B o u l o g n e . G a d about in F r a n c e , duty-free t o o d , wine, spirits. M a x beer a l l o w a n c e 50 litres. £2 deposit to Mark M a s e n t o B i o c h e m 103 A S A P . A b o u t £18. I


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T h e y say the new Elvis Costello video is fautless. Twenty-two tracks are c r a m m e d into this p a c k a g e , w h i c h lasts for just over an hour, and includes work by J o n R o s e m a n , C h u c k Statler and Barney B u b b l e s (a cover artist and designer who tragically committed suicide two years ago). Olivers A r m y is here to stay. A g a i n .





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• L i s t e n i n g to N o r t h e r n c o m e d i a n Chubby Brown is like meeting a b o u n c e r with an uncontrollable laughting fit. 'If easily offended please stay away' he s a y s and he means it. D o u b t l e s s p o i s o n i n g O v a l t e e n i e s w h e n s t i l l in s h o r t s , nevertheless he has p a c k e d out C i t y Halls all over the North of E n g l a n d and looks like being a major s u c c e s s in L o n d o n . 'Or just a flop', he said. FELIX

Friday 3 May 1985

• T h e ICA A m e r i c a n s e a s o n c o n t i n u e s with an extra-ordinary p r o d u c t i o n of the true story of Sicilian P r i n c e w h o kept a vow to pilgrimage from P a l e r m o to J e r u s a l e m on foot. T h e play stars Bill R a y m o n d , a p o p u l a r f a c e at t h e E d i n b u r g h Festival and now a performer and director with M a b o u M i n e s . 7.30pm Seminar Room, ICA Pall Mall till Sunday 5 May. 15

T H E L U C K Y W I N N E R of the STA Travel Competition 'Romance in the air' is A n d y T h o t n i s o f the E l e c t r i c a l Engineering Department. The c o m p e t i t i o n , r u n i n F E L I X last term, involved finding the names of foreign cities using the cryptic clues provided. Andy, a second-year student, took his prize weekend for two in Paris last month.

A ' P I N B A L L T H I E F ' has been breaking into video machines in the Union Building and stealing





IC W I N E T A S T I N G society won the regional final of the Peter D o m i n i c i n t e r - v a r s i t y wine-tasting competition held at Essex University. Required to identify six wines (country, district, vintage) they comprehensively beat East A n g l i a , Cambridge, City, and Brunei, and are now in the national final. Team: Mark Masento, Antony Broadbent, John Craven, Keith Russell and Julian Wilson.


money, says Dave Parry, I C U Deputy President. He warns regulars in the games room to be on their guard, and to report anyone suspicious, immediately.

*** S T U D E N T S W H O acted as guides during the recent Guilds Centenary are dissappointed that they haven't received the book and t-shirt that they were promised, as a reward for showing visitors around the College.

RAG F E T E Saturday 11th May



Climb the Queens Tower Fun and Games Stalls on the Queens Lawn SMALL ADS

ANNOUNCEMENTS •It you are interested in doing a parachute course after your exams, please contact the Para club via the Union Office A S A P for information.

•Indsoc Summer Tour from 16-22 June. Visit Ireland for only £50. Staying at Waterford, Cork, Killarney and Dublin with trips to Waterford Glass, Youghal Carpets and Irish Distillers included. Contact C Foers Mech Eng 3, with £15 deposit. •Lost Green suede pencil case containing pens, cartridges etc. If found please contact Peter Whitehouse Chem Eng 2. •Wanted student for summer job involving IBM P C . J o b consists of setting up a system of alumni records, standard packages will be used so no programming required, but must be computer literate. £100 per week for up to 10 weeks. T o apply contact John B e a s l e y , Dept of Management Science.

FOR S A L E •Lust for knowledge? F e y n m a n lectures on Physics £9. Properties of matter, Flowers and Mendoza £4.50. Mechanics, Chester £ 8 . Excellent condition! Contact L McKeown Min Res Eng U G . •In car stereo minus speakers. Full working order radio, stereo cassette (needs attention, mainly cleaning). Offers? Phone 7416. Room 1.2 Pure and Applied Biology. •Celeston Dltton 15XR speakers. G o o d condition. (50W RMS) £50 ono. J C Whitworth, ME2, 373 5606. •VHS Video recorder c/w remote control. As new. Returning abroad, hence £110 for quick sale. K O'Connor, 581 4969. •Carver Cube M400A amplifier 300W per channel RMS! real power, excellent sound £260 ono Contact H C Beier, Elec Eng 2, 352 5259.

•Sexy, smart sophisticated? Improve

your image with a Yonex Carbonex 7 Badminton raquet £25 or Yonex Wooden BR with press £10. L McKeown, Min Res Eng U G . •AR18s loudspeakers in perfect condition and working order. Three years of guarantee remaining. £60. •Forget your exams and take a day off Also activity play speaker stands. Cost and join the IC Wine Society in £27 will sell for £15. 546 0041. B o u l o g n e . J u n e 8th (Saturday). •Gents 10 speed touring bike. 24 inch Limited places. £2 deposit to Mark frame. G o o d condition. £40 ono. Dave Masento Biochem 103 Ext 4114 asap. Ring for more details. Total cost about Hills Chem Eng 3 or 740 0420. £18 (by coach, door to door). •Turntable Dunlop Systemdek 3, •Wanted one audience, well-behaved Mission 774 arm, dynavector ruby and appreciative. ICSO gala concert, karat cartridge, c/w matching module 8pm, 8th May, Great Hall. in Meridian 101B preamp. £380 ono. H • Count of Three p r e s e n t The C Beier, Elec Eng 2 or 352 5259. Bedsitting Room by Spike Milligan, at•Rucksack Karrimor Jaguar E75. Pentameters, The Three Horseshoes, C a p a c i t y 75 litres (RMS?-Ed). Heath Street, Hampstead, NW3.10,11, Adjustable back. Perfect condition 12, 17, 18, 19 May 7.30pm. Box office £50. H C Beier, Elec Eng 2 or 352 5259. 435 6757. £3 (£2 concessions). •Solar winds disco Hire the powerful ACCOMMODATION one 2.2kW R M S Stereo s o u n d capability. G o o d lights, rates. Just •Wanted somewhere to stay next year. spent £1700 on sound system. Contact If you've got a spare room in a flat, H Beier Elec Eng 2 or 352 5259. contact Diane Ruffle Mech Eng 2.

•Soup run will be continuing from Weeks Hall in the summer term, leaving each Thursday at 9.15pm. So why not take a break and come along one evening.


•House on company let available June-October in Roehampton. Nice area next to Wimbledon Common and R i c h m o n d Park. 2 bedrooms (1 double). £30 exc bills. G o o d possibility of extending let to next academic year. Ring Nick Wooder Ext6866or7899796 evenings. •Single room in Linstead available now until June 22. Contact Student Services. •Flat available from June 8 to September 29. Hamlet Gardens flat (not College run). £25p w. Dave Robinson Ext 6806 or 741 0003 after 7pm. PERSONAL •To cook better listen to Dave Milkshake tonight at 6.45pm on IC Radio. •1001 uses for a waste-paper bin. The New Novel by Hunky Dirk. •The demise of Plasma Physics Society is announced with deep regret. Any member wishing to reclaim subscriptions should contact Graham asap. •How to attract sheep in one easy lesson. See Richard Geology 1. •Want to know everything about nothing? Contact Juan Martin in his air-conditioned mini. •Do privet hedges improve your sex life? Ask Kelvin Rowe, Geology P G . •Boycott the Linstead Romeo! Say NO to Merv the Shirt!! • D o Jesuit priests giving skiing lessons ask the DM in Maths 1? •How many brandies does it take to make a wererat pissed? • Linstead females beware the batchelor(sic) with the bad taste in shirts!!! •Two sips alias Motor (Moped man) Cross, high performance 550 lawn mower, macho bike, Linstead stud and streaker extraordinaire. This is your life...(Juan 'Mini' Martin).

Friday 3 May 1985

Oooteni UJoolem It's nice to see that the newfangled, electronic media still haven't got the upper hand over good old newspapers. I C F A X got off to a good start—but it's been off the air for quite a while, now. A s for the telephone information service on Internal 4444—well let's just say there must be a shortage of facts in the Sherfield Building! A n interesting conversation was overheard between two of the refectory waitresses. 'Hava you seena the newa Refectory Manager?' said one Spanish waitress. ' A h yes, me dear,' replied another, I r i s h . 'It's H u g h Southey he's after c a l l i n g himself, is it not?' M r Northey takes over as refectory manager this month. M r Southey, on the other hand... The lifts in Elec Eng have always been a source of fun—one lift goes to odd floors, the other to even floors. Yesterday the odd lift was out of order. But instead of allowing the even lift to stop at every f l o o r , the f o l l o w i n g instructions were issued: 'The even lift will call at levels 2, 6, 9 and 11. A L L O T H E R PASSENGERS MUST USE T H E GOODS LIFT.' Presumably somebody has an explanation.

Accommodation available for October 198S. No r e t a i n e r r e q u i r e d for Summer, Flats for 3,4, 5,6, 7, and 8 people. Also single and double rooms with cooking facilities in South Kensington, Fulham, and Putney areas. Contact A. Christian on 546 8159 or 731 0292.

In the article on medical emergencies (page 6) please note that you should dial INTERNAL 999 on College phones. Please do not by pass the College security messenger as he will make sure the ambulance goes to the right place, opening gates if necessary. FELIX

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